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The Hmong Among US
By Heidi M. Pascual


"The whole country was in chaos; my only     surviving child joined the military and left me, and I cried and cried, always praying he would come home.
" -- Mao Yang, 80, mother of
Wa Toua Vang

"I was 14 when I joined the secret army, whose members were recruited by the CIA and trained by Thai military personnel to fight the Pathet Lao." -- Wa Toua Vang, 52, son of Mao Yang; husband of Xia Xiong; and father of Pao, Matt, Tou, Jeff, and Diana

"I don't remember much about Thailand. I was 5 when we came to the U.S, and it was very hard because we didn't know the language." -- Pao Vang, 31, oldest son of Wa Taoua and Xia Xiong

"The only time I felt different was when I was around a group of Caucasian kids, and you start to realize your limitations ... that there are certain things that you can and can't have ... and how much your parents know and how much their parents know." -- Diana Vang, 23, only daughter of Wa Toua and Xia Xiong, born in the
United States
(Above) Wa Toua Vang (right) and Xia Xiong on their wedding day in Laos in 1970.
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of Asian Wisconzine!

January 2005 Issue

* India Day
*The Art of Peggy Choy
*  The Chinese and
  the Transcontinental Railroad 
*  Outsourcing 
*  Anime
* A Buddhist blessing 
*  Rufino Licos Story 
*  Madison-
  Obihiro sister cities 
*  Teaching in South Korea 
* "One Asian Eye" 
*  News from Home  
  and around Us 
*  A Buddhist blessing 
*  Meenakshi Ganesan 
*  Pahoua Thao 
* Asian Midway Foods
* Asian American artists at Overture Center
* Hmong New Year
* Kajsiab House gives thanks

PLUS
Columns written by
Dr. Guirish Agni, Paul Kusuda, Carmel Capati, Polo Catalani,
P. Emraida Kiram, Mei-Feng Moe, Jeff Vang, Mai Zong Vue, Renee Moe, & Regina Cowell

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COLORFUL PHOTOS THAT COME ALIVE WITH BEAUTIFUL -- YET SOMETIMES FULL OF STRUGGLE -- STORIES OF LIFE
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